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Love, Faith, and Writing: A Chat with Herb Freed

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We recently sat down with Herb Freed to discuss his new book Love, Faith and a Pair of Pants, now available for purchase. Herb Freed started his adult life as an ordained rabbi and became the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom in Lake Mahopac, NY, while producing and directing three shows at the Maidman Playhouse in New York City. Eventually, he resigned his pulpit to become a movie director. He has directed and produced 15 feature films, most of which have psychological, spiritual and/or social themes in spite of their commercial categories. He is best known for Subterfuge, a major action film; Tomboy, a teenage romp; the psychological drama Haunts starring Mae Britt; and CHILD2MAN, a story of survival during the Watts riots. Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for…

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Enter the Wild World of Actress Hedy Lamarr

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An actress, inventor, and keeper of secrets, the beautiful Hedy Lamarr was among many Jews who fled Europe during the 1930s and came to Hollywood to start a new life.  Born in Vienna in 1914, she studied acting with the innovative theater director, Max Reinhardt.  But she made the mistake of appearing nude in Ecstasy, a 1933 silent Czech film, and never quite shed the sex goddess stereotype.  When Hedy died in 2000, The New York Times noted that her life had been “messy and sad.” In her newest novel, The Only Woman in the Room (Sourcebooks Landmark), Marie Benedict tells a vibrant, nuanced story about the ambitious actress.  The only daughter of assimilated Jews, Hedy made a bargain with the devil…

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Terry Watkins’ Darling Girl Disrupted

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What if you lived in a trailer, always moving to the next town? What if your mom had to spend weeks away and your dad was never home? In Darling Girl (Green Place Books), a heart-moving tale, Terry H. Watkins chronicles 13 years in the precarious life of “DG” Pitre through 23 vignettes across four continents. Want more BookTrib? Sign up NOW for news and giveaways! This novel propels the reader into the mind of a child, the narrative a realistic voice of an insecure young girl, getting more sophisticated as time passes. Watkins’ artful showing of characterization, place, and emotion is impressive. Except for her younger brothers, everyone in DG’s life is an expert at going away. The first time DG’s mother…

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“Alice Isn’t Dead:” Popular Podcast is Now a Novel

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Buckle in and get ready for a risky road trip! The podcast Alice Isn’t Dead has gained a lot of popularity over the years, and now fans have a novel to go with it (Harper Perennial) — coming out this month from Joseph Fink. The novel fits nice and cozy into the horror genre, but it’s probably nothing like your run-of-the-mill thriller. The overall story of the Alice Isn’t Dead novel is female-driven — that is, the protagonist is female and she drives a truck. Keisha is all-too relatable. She has fears, worries, likes, dislikes, and idiosyncrasies (like how she always gets a turkey club at roadside diners). She loves deeply, cares with her whole self, and will die for the…

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Ann Patchett’s “Bel Canto” Now an Operatic Movie

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In Italian, “bel canto” means “beautiful singing.” Readers of Ann Patchett’s 2001 novel, Bel Canto (Harper Perennial) could only imagine the music that is so crucial to its plot. No longer. The romantic thriller now has an operatic soundtrack of classic arias. The new movie version, in wide release Sept. 14, stars Julianne Moore as world-renowned opera singer Roxane Coss, with a voice supplied by world-renowned opera singer Renee Fleming. And what an operatic plot it is. A powerful Japanese industrialist has been invited to a birthday celebration in an unnamed South American country. Because the country’s government wants him to build a large manufacturing plant there, and because he is a lover of opera, he has been lured to the…

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AuthorBuzz Giveaway: Suspenseful Stories

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An intriguing mystery, a heart-thumping thriller, and a thought-provoking novel are all excellent selections for this week’s AuthorBuzz giveaway. Dear Reader, I’m very excited The Frangipani Tree Mystery is coming out in paperback. The smart, unconventional Su Lin is very loosely based on my grandmother who was the first girl in her province to go to university. She loved trees and stories and I’m sure she would have loved the chance to investigate a dead woman found under a frangipani tree. I based Inspector Le Froy on her hero, Inspector Rene Onraet, who set up Singapore’s Special Branch. Please email [email protected] to win one of five copies. Ovidia Yu https://www.ovidiayu.com/   Dear Reader, Tanzanite. This rare blue-violet gemstone piqued my curiosity and inspired the second Alex Graham thriller, Blue Fire. A daring act reveals an incredible…

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Baby Teeth Proves It’s Dangerous to Play Favorites

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If you are in need of a blood chilling thriller to make your heart pound, Baby Teeth (St. Martin’s Press) is for you!  It is clear that author Zoje Stage mastered everything dark and suspenseful when she created Hanna, a seven year old, and the only child of Suzette and Alex.  Suzette had a difficult childhood, poor mothering and a continual battle with Crones Disease. When she meets Alex in a professional environment, he saves her from loneliness and despair by respecting her design work and falling in love.  Alex, an architect, is a cheery Swedish man who desperately loves his wife, Suzette, and showers his very bright but mute daughter Hanna with love and attention.  Both parents want to be…

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October Choices: Secret Lives, and a Stirring Memoir

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Members of the Girly Book Club are voting on the following four titles to determine the book selection for their October club meetings in 70 chapters around the world. If You Knew Her (Harper Books) by Emily Elgar (384 pages) Cassie had it all – the fairytale wedding, the stunning home, the perfect husband. But when she arrives at the intensive care ward at St Catherine’s Hospital in a coma, it soon becomes clear she has a secret — a secret that changes everything. Alice, the chief nurse on the ward, begins to feel a connection with Cassie and can’t help but wonder if things are not quite as they seem. Frank, another patient, can hear and see everything around him…

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Tall Poppy Review: Ghosts of the Past in “One More Day”

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When someone dies, we may wish for more time with them. Just one more day. But what if that happened? What if they actually came back?This premise launches Kelly Simmons’s graceful and otherworldly suspense novel, One More Day (Sourcebooks Landmark) Carrie and her husband are mired in grief after the mysterious kidnapping of their son Ben. One second he was in his car seat. And the next, while his mother looked for change for parking, he was gone. The detectives have made no headway and the case is quickly turning cold. But then a year later, Ben returns. His parents are shocked and overjoyed. The detectives are astonished, as well as suspicious. But, there’s something odd about Ben’s reappearance. It’s been a whole…

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AuthorBuzz Giveaway: Books with Love Defying Odds

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  Dear Reader, I’m excited to tell you about my sixth novel! Duncan Wheeler’s car accident has left him paralyzed and haunted by a death. Why live? His desperate wife Laura brings home a helper monkey. Can she help Duncan adapt to this altered life? Or does she hold the key to his exit? Set in New Haven, Still Life With Monkey is the story of a marriage, and how the accident and this little monkey both affect their marriage, bonding them in new if bittersweet ways. The Kirkus starred review called it “stark and compelling…rigorously unsentimental yet suffused with emotion: possibly the best work yet from an always stimulating writer.” I’m giving away 5 books! Write to me at [email protected] with “STILL…

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Tall Poppy Review: Complex Recovery in The Art of Falling

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Imagine falling 14 stories from a city high rise and landing on top of a car. That’s what happens to Penelope Sparrow, a complicated character who has spent her entire life obsessively chasing her dream of becoming a successful dancer. Riddled with insecurities, struggling to adapt her body to the demands of the dance profession, and under the constant pressure of her loving but overbearing mother, Penelope wakes from this devastating trauma to face a heartbreaking new reality of brokenness. In The Art of Falling (Sourcebooks) Kathryn Craft has penned a story that takes us through the complicated challenges of recovery while braiding this emotional storyline through a web of intricate subplots. In this tale, we are challenged to consider our…

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Celebrating Lovely Imperfections in “Branching Out”

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Emotional and satisfying, Kerstin March’s novel Branching Out is a skillfully written love story that will truly touch the heart of readers. This isn’t a story about a perfect marriage, and that’s what makes it so very lovely in its deeply moving journey of love between two people. This is a story about loss, love, and forgiveness that readers will not want to put down until the very end. Written as a sequel to March’s novel Family Trees, we join Shelby Meyers and Ryan Chambers at their wedding, which is right where readers want them to be, but this stage of their journey may not be the happily-ever-after they have been dreaming about. Shelby and Ryan couldn’t come from more…

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Review: ‘The Waters & The Wild’ is a Stunning Exploration of Human Character

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Daniel Abend lives a comfortable life as a successful psychotherapist on the Upper West Side of New York City. He is a single father raising a teenage daughter. When one of his patients commits suicide Daniel receives a note that has him start to ask questions about his patient’s death. Provided with a mysterious set of clues in the form of an old key, a haunting photograph and a veiled poem, Daniel is left struggling to solve the mystery before him. But suddenly, his daughter disappears. In a desperate search for his daughter and the truth, Daniel finds himself swept back to when he was a young man living in Paris. As each day passes, the trail gets colder and…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: ‘Smothered’ Author Talks Inspiration and Character Crafting

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Megan Cassidy, author of  the recently published Smothered, talks to Daniel Ford about what inspired her to write an epistolary novel, crafting characters outside of a typical narrative structure, and exploring how people react and dissect sensational crimes. Megan Cassidy is an author and English professor from Lockport, NY. Her first novel, Always, Jessie was recently published by Saguaro books. Megan’s other work has been featured in Pilcrow & Dagger, Wordhaus, The Flash Fiction Press, 100 Words, and Fiction on the Web. To learn more about Megan Cassidy, visit her official website, visit 50/50 Press’ official website, like her Facebook page, or follow her on Twitter @MeganEileenC and @FiftyFiftyPress. Also listen to our first interview with the author!    …

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2017’s Best: Our Favorite Books Turned into Major Motion Pictures

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Every year, we patiently await the arrival of film adaptations derived from some of our favorite novels and every year Hollywood does not disappoint! This year, our favorites include a piece of little known history, scary clowns, steamy romance, and a murder mystery classic.  If they aren’t on your must-read list already, mark them down for 2018!   January 2017: Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly Of course we have to jumpstart this list with our pick for January, the New York Times Bestseller, Hidden Figures, which tells the true story of the black female mathematicians that changed the way we see NASA today. Without their achievements in the calculations they made every day, we wouldn’t see some of the greatest breakthroughs we’ve…

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Dawn Tripp on ‘Georgia,’ Framing Georgia O’Keeffe’s Legacy

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BookTrib is partnering with Bookish to bring you more great content. Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most remarkable artists in American history, but few know the intimate details of the woman behind the abstract masterpieces. In Georgia, author Dawn Tripp brings readers into O’Keeffe’s life and reveals the strength, ferocity, and drive this artist possessed. Earlier this year, Bookish editor Kelly Gallucci caught up with Tripp at the Newburyport Literary Festival to talk about the process of novelizing a true story, the importance of voice, and O’Keeffe’s legacy. Bookish: In most novels, the author creates the events, the timeline, the plot points. When you’re capturing a real person’s life, however, those elements are dictated to you. Was it a challenge to work within the…

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